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I have been into backpacking and camping for about 10 years now and get out on the trail generally one to two weekends a month. Over the past couple of years I have really gotten into winter backpacking. I like the challenge the cold and harsh weather presents. Last year I made a trip out to Washington state and fell in love with those mountains out there and ever since have had quite a gumption to get back out there and climb them. I have been reading through a bunch of mountaineering books and have been eating up Freedom of the Hills. My problem is, I live in Nashville, TN and there is nowhere around here for me to practice any glacier/snowfield skills. There are very few peaks around here that offer any good scrambling even. I was going to see if anyone could offer me some good advice for a place relatively nearby where one could practice skills. I would love to take some mountaineering classes, but I have not been able to find anywhere around here that offers any of those either. So if anyone knows of a place in the southeast that offers courses let me know. The closest conditions I have been able to get to mountaineering has been in the Smoky Mountains and Roan Highlands in Dec-Feb, but even then there was no necissity for crampons or ice axes despite several feet of snow and temps down to -5 with windchills in the -20s at the worst.